PM Mitchell to unveil budget in November

Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell will unveil Grenada 2017 budget on November 25.

The government is now engaged in consultations with various stakeholders including the private sector, labour movement and civil society groups.

“The consultations have been very engaging and many interesting and practical suggestions have been put forward”, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance.

The Government will be assessing the suggestions to determine what is practical to implement in 2017 and what may require further research and analysis,”  it added.

The statement also said that discussions are being held with other government departments and that “consultations are also being planned with other stakeholders including stakeholders in Carriacou and Petit Martinique”.

Grenada’s Homegrown Structural Adjustment Programme which had the support of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other international donor comes to an end on December 31 this year.

Prime Minister Mitchell, who is also the island’s Finance Minister, has already indicated that his administration would be seeking consultations with the various interest groups on the way forward.

Political observers sees the presentation of the budget in November as a clear sign that the Prime Minister is setting the stage for an early poll – sometime in the first half of the new year.

Mitchell’s is seeking an unprecedented 5th term in office as the country’s leader.

He has won elections in 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2013.

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